The Toronto Raptors (21-9) meet the Boston Celtics (20-7) in festive NBA action at the Scotiabank Arena at lunchtime on Christmas Day.
Toronto Raptors Recent Form
Toronto were last in action on Monday night, when they went down to a 120-115 OT loss on the road at the Indiana Pacers to snap their five-game winning streak.
The Raptors missed 17 of their first 19 shots from 3-point range and finished just 11 of 40 from beyond the arc. They fell 15 points behind in the second quarter, but rallied to take the game into OT. They could even have won it in regulation, building a five-point lead in the fourth quarter and seeing Kyle Lowry’s last-second 3-pointer bounce off the front of the rim.
Lowry led the Raptors’ charge with 30 points, with Serge Ibaka adding 23 and Fred VanVleet 21.
The Raptors are averaging 112.1 Points per Game (PPG), while allowing 106.4 (PA). They are 13-3 on home-court this season.
Boston Celtics Recent Form
Boston extended their winning streak to three games with a comprehensive 119-93 routing at home to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.
Jayson Tatum scored a career-high 39 points for the Celtics, while Kemba Walker added 23 points against his former team and Jaylen Brown weighed in with 16 points and nine rebounds.
The Celtics are averaging 111.2 PPG, while allowing 103.2 PA and they are 8-6 on the road this season.
Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics Betting Lines & Predictions
Looking at NBA predictions for Christmas Day, the Toronto Raptors are still without the injured trio of Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Norman Powell out with injuries. However, they have won eight consecutive home games against the Boston Celtics and they are our tips to extend that.
On the Money Line, Boston are favourites at odds of -150 (1.66) with Betway, with Toronto at +130 (2.30) with bet365. We’ll take the extra security of backing the Raptors +3.0 on the Point Spread at -108 (1.93) at 888Sport.
NBA Prediction: Point Spread – Toronto Raptors +3.0 @ -108 (1.93) at 888Sport